After “Skyfall” made $1.1 billion at the global box office, the business of Bond has never been booming quite like this, and the studio backing the espionage, MGM, has certainly noticed. Since 007 and a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins essentially saved the financially struggling studio, it should come as no surprise that MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber wanted to give shareholders an update on their moneymaking secret agent, Reuters reports.
“We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon,” Barber said in a conference call, indicating that we wouldn’t have to wait too long to find out who will replace Sam Mendes. The CEO also announced that he expects a new installment to be in theaters within the next three years.
If Bond is coming back again soon, there are some things we want to see to assure he stays on his hot streak.
More Like the Good Old Days
Despite its Western-style climax and a closing assertion that the series was heading back to its roots, “Skyfall” was the most traditional Bond movie since Daniel Craig joined the series. If the franchise is indeed doubling back on itself, male M, Q, Moneypenny and all, the creators need to take a look back at what made the best Connery entries work and fold that into what has made Craig’s run so popular. Make Bond more Bond, but make sure he’s still Craig — if that makes any sense.
This one hurts, but it’s for our own good. Simply put, Adele nailed the opening theme of “Skyfall” and has an Oscar to show for it. But the opportunity to sing over the credits of a Bond movie is not one that should be held onto by one performer. As inspired of a choice as Adele was, there are a world of equally qualified candidates to fill in for her.
And because you just know that Beyoncé would absolutely kill a Bond theme.
Keep It Classy
The M.O. of “Skyfall” was essentially “do what the series does well, but bring in some serious talent to upscale it a little,” and the results speak for themselves. By bringing in legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, “Skyfall” was far and away the most beautiful Bond movie to look, one that was robbed of an Oscar. Composer Thomas Newman accented the thrilling highs and emotional lows of the movie, all the while incorporating the original theme in a refreshing way. Spending the extra cash to bring in talents like Deakins and Newman pays in dividends, even if the audience can’t immediately point to why “Skyfall” feels like a higher quality movie.
A Smart Director Pick
The point above applies most of all to the director’s chair. Mendes was by all accounts an unlikely choice on behalf of producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, but one that indicate a deep understanding of filmmaking. Coming off of Mendes’ triumphant “Skyfall,” the director has never been more highly valued in the history of the series, so expect to see another big name or well-hyped up-and-comer to take his place.
This one seems simple, and while Craig’s Bond has never been one for the gimmickry of gadgetry, there’s a way to include this trope in a way that feels true to the more emotionally realistic 007. With Q firmly established in “Skyfall,” don’t be too surprised he Bond has more than a gun and a radio next time around.